Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Thomas Hunt Morgan / Genetic Research
Thomas Hunt Morgan
Winner of 1933 Nobel Prize was born in Hunt-Morgan house, 1866; grew up here. A nephew of John Hunt Morgan, he attended State College of Ky. (Univ. of Ky.). Taught at Columbia Univ. and there, influenced by Mendel's work, left embryology, his main field, for genetics. Headed up research team studying inbreeding of fruit flies. Observing offspring led to discovery of genes. Over.
Morgan's research team confirmed Mendel's laws, proved reality of gene as part of chromosome, showed sex determined by chromosomes, demonstrated dominant and recessive traits. At 62, Morgan went to Cal. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, as biology dept. head to research cell differentiation. Died there, 1945. Univ. of Ky. named new school of biological sciences for him.
Erected 1982 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1714.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 3.057′ N, 84° 29.807′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on North Broadway Street (U.S. 27 & 68) north of West 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 N Broadway St, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. School Of Medicine (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunt-Morgan House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morgan House (about 400 feet away); Lexington Public Library 1905 - 1989 / A Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); Taking Politician Henry Clay to Court 1829 (about 500 feet away); Henry Clay's Law Office (about 500 feet away); Breckinridge's Last Home (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
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